A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, July 07, 2005

"I bid you, stand, men of the West!"

The Lord of the Rings trilogy are some of my favorite movies. I have always been struck by how much Aragorn's speech before the soldiers of Gondor in front of the Black Gates of Mordor applies to the War on Terror. These words resound even now.

Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan. My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come, when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of Fellowship, but it is not this day! An hour of wolves and shattered sheilds when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you, stand, men of the West!